Derby County

Founded In
Derby, England

About Derby County

Derby County Football Club was established in 1884 as an extension of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, intended to keep supporters and players occupied during cricket's off-season. The club pulled off a shock FA cup victory over Aston Villa in the 1885-86 season, attracting attention from across the country and earning the club an invitation to become a founding member of the Football League in 1888.

Although Derby won the FA Cup in 1946 with a 4-1 thrashing of Charlton Athletic Football Club, success was scarce in the first half of the 20th century. However, in 1967, the legendary Brian Clough took over as the club's manager. Clough revamped the club from top to bottom, even famously firing two tea ladies he saw laughing after a Derby County defeat. He retained just four of the players he inherited and brought in several key players, including John McGovern and Roy McFarland. In 1968, Derby were crowned Division Two champions, earning them promotion to the top flight.

Once in the highest tier of English football, Derby County's dramatic rise under Clough continued, culminating with the club winning the league title in 1971-72. The following season, Clough guided Derby to the European Cup semi finals, eventually losing to Juventus. Clough left the club in 1973, but the foundations were already in place for Derby to win another league title in 1974–75, under the management of Dave Mackay. In recent times, the club was promoted to the Premier League at the end of the 1995-1996 season and spent six years in the top flight before being relegated.

The list of high-profile players who have represented Derby County through the years is long and includes such names as: Peter Shilton, Dean Saunders, Billy Steel, Archie Gemmill, Roy McFarland, John McGovern, Igor Štimac, Georgi Kinkladze and Paulo Wanchope.

Since 1997, the club has played its home matches at Pride Park, a 33,597 seater stadium, which presently ranks as one of the twenty biggest football stadiums in England. The record attendance was set at 33,378 for a Premier League match with Liverpool in March 2000.

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